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Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton, Minnesota is a foster-based, non-profit, no-kill animal rescue. Founded in 2010, they’ve saved more than 5,500 animals to date by rescuing stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats as well as small critters.
Ruff Start Rescue operates mostly through volunteers and donations. They have more than 600 volunteers working with them to rescue transport animals, serve as foster families, coordinate adoptions, and much more. Without these selfless volunteers and their countless hours of service, Ruff Start Rescue couldn't exist.
Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Ruff Start Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Ruff Start Rescue has many purrfect pets just waiting to meet you. Here’s their adoption process:
Adoption fees at Ruff Start Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, and flea/tick prevention. Dogs are heartworm tested and on heartworm prevention.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.